Sunday, 18 December 2011



One of the popular breakfast from South Karnataka. 



For Chana:

Chick peas /Chana 1/2 cup
Raw banana  1/2
Coconut Grated 1 tbsp
Red chillies  4
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves  1 sprig


For Phova :

Phova, thin variety  2 cups
Coconut grated  1/2 coconut
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Coriander seeds 3 tsp
Jaggery, a small piece
Red chillies 2 (fried in little oil)

Red chilly 1
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves 1 sprig


Wash and soak chana for at least 8 hours.
Wash banana and cut into small cubes. 
Pressure cook chana and banana together with enough water, for 15 minutes. Let this cool down naturally. This curry is basically little dry.  I make this watery consistency as I like soaking Phova in this gravy and eat. 
Heat a small pan with little oil. Add Mustard seeds to hot oil, when it splutters add broken red chillies. Saute. Then add curry leaves.

Keep chana on the fire and add salt, grated coconuts and pour the seasoning in the curry. Let it boil for few minutes.

This is Chana upkari.


Now How to make Phova...

Grind roughly coconut gratings, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, jaggery, red chillies and salt together.

Transfer this masala in a mixing bowl. 
Add Phova and combine well with the masala.

Now again take a small pan with 2-3 tsp oil and heat. Add mustard seeds, broken red chilly and curry leaves.

Pour this on Phova and mix well.

It is a breakfast item... Chana and Phova eaten together 

1 comment:

venkatesh kamath said...

Though sometimes called as the poor man's breakfast this deadly combination of Pova and Chana is known time immemorial.Its also called as a foundation food.
very well photographed by Jaya to show what are the optimum's for a that ultimate taste.,
And the story gets completed when this combo is shared with nice ripe Bananas which help make the swallowing of Pova much easier.